VIDEO: Vice President Pence Walks Out of 49ers-Colts Game After National Anthem Protest
By Hayden Wright
(RADIO.COM) – On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence attended and abruptly left the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers game in his home state of Indiana. In a statement, the former state governor claimed his walkout was due to NFL players’ peaceful anthem protest against police brutality: “I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”
Critics of the Trump administration quickly condemned the decision as a “stunt,” including Indiana native (and Guns ‘N Roses frontman) Axl Rose. The rock icon, who had not tweeted since May 17, wrote a searing 42-character message: “Thanks WH 4 the $200k Colts game PR stunt.”
Rose cited the reported cost of sending Pence to the game with security in tow, which some have called a political stunt.
Pence is not the first member of the administration to earn a rebuke from Axl. Last November, Rose tweeted: “Good people don’t listen to, acknowledge, nominate or elect people like Senator [now-Attorney General] Jeff Sessions.” On the road, Axl has spoken out against President Trump and his political agenda. During a Mexico show in December, the band destroyed a pinata shaped like the then president-elect.
See Axl’s latest tweet below:
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